ROCK HILL - An internal report unveiled Sunday shows Winthrop University would need major donations and millions of dollars in borrowing to field a new football team at the South Carolina public university of around 6,000 students.
The report that athletic director Tom Hickman shared with Winthrop's campus trustees said a football team would need nearly $500,000 to start, between $1.7 million and $3.3 million a year to operate, and about $11 million for facilities, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.
But a new football program could boost the university's enrollment growth goal, the report said.
Winthrop president Jayne Marie Comstock scheduled a campus meeting for later this month for students, employees, alumni and York County residents to weigh in on the idea.
Winthrop's Board of Trustees took no action Sunday on the football question. More discussion is planned for the next board meeting in May.
College of Charleston took down Tennessee Martin, 4-1, to conclude play in the UCF Tournament in Orlando.
With the win, the Cougars (12-7 overall) completed a complete, five-game sweep of the UCF Tournament and extended their winning streak to seven games.
Cheyenne Gandara pitched her first collegiate shutout and Stephanie Bergmann connected on a game-high three RBIs as Charleston Southern topped Colgate 8-0 on the final day of the CSU Tournament.
The College of Charleston announced that the time for Tuesday's game against Toledo has been moved to 3 p.m., instead of the originally scheduled 6 p.m. start.
Charleston Southern's Erin Bratcher received honorable mention honors in the Big South women's basketball awards.
Winthrop senior Dequesha McClanahan was named conference player of the year for the third straight year.
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